Rumsfeld’s role will enhance open debate

first_imgStanford University’s motto is: “The wind of freedom blows.” But some members of the Stanford community are doing a disservice to the credo by protesting the naming of former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld as a visiting fellow at the Hoover Institution, the conservative think tank at Stanford. More than 2,200 faculty, staff, students and alumni have signed an online petition objecting to the Hoover role for one of the chief architects of the Iraq war. Yet a university is supposed to be a bastion of free thought and open debate. So it smacks of hypocrisy and intolerance when members of an academic community collectively attack someone’s mere presence because of his politics or ideology. ? The Hoover Institution is right to stick by its Rumsfeld appointment, even if he’s anathema to many on the campus. ? There are plenty of reasons to criticize Rumsfeld’s politics, ideology and track record on the war. People are free to think of him as a warmonger, war criminal or torturer. Yet he has not been convicted of a crime. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! ? Universities should be paragons for the open exchange of ideas, even if they’re controversial or unpopular. ? – San Jose Mercury News last_img read more

Picture Special: Letterkenny Gaels Camogie Camp a big hit!

first_imgThe annual Letterkenny Gaels Camogie Camp took place last week at Pairc na nGael and once again was a huge success. Over sixty girls from five to fourteen years participated over the three days under the guidance of lead coach Ann Marie Gibbons.Day one saw the visit of Glenavy Camogs from Co Antrim. The girls joined with the Gael U-10 and U-12/14 groups and enjoyed the coaching and matches. They finished off their day with food and entertainment in Arena 7.On the second day the camp enjoyed a BBQ courtesy of Castlegrove Country House, prepared by Alan Sweeney and chef Gary. The final day saw Clare Dowdall, Camogie Regional Development Officer, work with different groups on first touch and striking from the hand. The coaching was all games based so the girls were always busy working with coaches Ann Marie, Rory, Emer, Una and Eimear.The U8s and nursery group combined under the watchful eyes of coach Ellen with assistance from Terezena, Mary and Bridget. Despite some windy weather, the camp was thoroughly enjoyed by all with positive feedback from parents and girls alike.The camogie club t-shirts were a great hit and undoubtedly will be evident at Pairc na Gaeil in the near future.For information on training contact Aideen on 086 816 3605 or drop down to training on Monday 6pm for U12/14 and older or on Fridays for U8 & U10. Picture Special: Letterkenny Gaels Camogie Camp a big hit! was last modified: August 15th, 2016 by Elaine McCalligShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:camogieLetterkenny Gaelslast_img read more